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Protesters gather in front of the Kyrgyz presidential and parliamentary building on the central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Tuesday, Oct. 6

In the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, groups of people unsatisfied with the results of the Sunday parliamentary election have broken into the building housing presidential offices and the parliament, US state broadcaster Radio Free Europe reports.

Fire broke out early on Tuesday, October 6, in the third floor of the building where President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s offices and the chamber of the 120-member Supreme Council are located.

Another group of protesters seized the Kyrgyz public television and radio company. Protesters also entered the building of the State Committee for National Security, facing no resistance and freed Kyrgyz ex-President Almazbek Atambaev.

He was sentenced in June, 2020, to 11 years and two months in prison for bribery.

The turbulent developments unfolded after large protest in the capital Bishkek on October 5 calling for the annulment of the results of an election held the day before. Riot police used water cannon, rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd and Bishkek hospitals reported that they treated more than 120 patients who sustained injures during the violence, Radio Free Europe reports.

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